Flower Friday: Red Velour Tidal Wave & Deep Purple Shock Wave Petunias ~ Deadheading

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Tidal Wave & Shock Wave Petunias

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I ended up choosing deep purple shock wave and red velour tidal wave petunias this season. These red velour petunias can spread up to 5 feet! Continue reading “Flower Friday: Red Velour Tidal Wave & Deep Purple Shock Wave Petunias ~ Deadheading”

Flower Friday: Prairie Spiderwort & Flower/Greenhouse Updates…

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Spiderwort

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These are considered a wildflower, but I always thought they were weeds.

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Flower Friday: Lupine

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Lupine

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This is a flower from the legume family that blooms tall spiky flowers that taper at the top. The spikes produce multiple sweat pea-like flowers.

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Flower Friday: Meyer Lilac

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower is the Meyer Lilac!

I debated doing an extra post today, but I have to share these lilacs! I love lilacs. They have the best smell and I look forward to them every spring.

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We have a few bushes around the house and they are so easy to care for. They’re also really easy to propagate into new plants and they grow super fast.

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They are just coming into bloom and there’s a light aroma in the air. These particular lilacs only bloom in the spring. I do wish it lasted longer! Continue reading “Flower Friday: Meyer Lilac”

Flower Friday: Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower is one I’ve been waiting to share for many months now. It’s Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose and it only blooms in winter!

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Usually, ours bloom in February when we have a mild winter, but this winter has been so arctic. Our plants finally bloomed mid-April.

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Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

Free for the Eating

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Summary:

A nature study cookbook adding dimension and variety to meal time for rural, suburban or big-city dwellers. Nature’s unhandled, unspoiled foods for the housewife and the camper. Thrifty conversation-piece delicacies — free for the eating! Includes wild fruit, wild greens, wild roots and tubers, wild nuts, and centuries-old brews to quaff from wild beverage bushes.

My thoughts on this book:

Free for the Eating is an old book from 1966 that I picked up from a local barn sale about four years ago. I just happened to come upon this sale where an older woman had boxes and boxes of old books she was selling for next to nothing. I was really surprised to come across this bright green book with the text,

“100 WILD PLANTS 300 WAYS TO USE THEM… backyard and wilderness banqueting on nature’s bounty of edible wild plants.”

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I ended up buying it for 10 cents and what a steal! It’s in pretty good condition with its original dust jacket. Sure, there are tons of modern books available today that share the use of wild plants with vivid colored photos, and I do appreciate those, but what I like about this one is that it’s pocket-sized and easy to read with just the right amount of information. Continue reading “Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966”

Flower Friday: Red Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus)

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower probably seems unusual, but this is one that I grow every year for food and for blooms.

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Flower Friday & New Puppies!

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower I’m sharing is calendula. I’ve been growing this for about 3 years now as it’s super easy to grow from seed.

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Calendula is a member of the daisy family and very similar to marigold. It’s also known as “pot marigold”. Continue reading “Flower Friday & New Puppies!”

Flower Friday: Larkspur

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today I chose to share larkspur–another easy flower to grow from seed.

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I started growing this flower in our butterfly garden four years ago and it comes back by reseeding itself every year abundantly with little to no care! The version I grow is titled “cloudy skies” and blooms in purple, blue, and white.

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Flower Friday: Queen Red Lime Zinnia

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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One of my all time favorite flowers to grow from seed is the zinnia. They are so simple to grow and bloom as quick as sixty days from sowing. This year I decided to have an extra flower bed of just zinnias alone and chose some unique colors including the queen red lime zinnia.

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Flower Friday: Butterfly Weed and the Monarch Butterfly

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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For today’s Flower Friday, I decided to discuss Butterfly weed. This is a perennial plant that I grew from seed a few years ago without much thought. I wanted to plant a center garden for our butterflies and just grabbed a bunch of flower seed I knew would attract them.  Continue reading “Flower Friday: Butterfly Weed and the Monarch Butterfly”

Flower Friday: Veronica longifolia and Sullivan the Kitten – March 2nd

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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As spring approaches and there’s much work to be done outside, I’m thinking about some of our landscape flowers. This is one of my favorites. It’s a type of Veronica longifolia if I’m correct. I almost thought it was a type of Meadow Sage or Woodland Sage, but I’m pretty sure I’ve identified it correctly. What do you think?

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Flower Friday: Blanket Flower and a Rainbow – February 9th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s picture is Blanket Flower. I have this growing in multiple spots around our house and greenhouse. It’s a perennial and so easy to grow!

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This is a flowering perennial belonging to the sunflower family. It’s native to North and South America.

Scientific nameGaillardia
Higher classificationDaisy family
Rank: Genus

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Flower Friday: Pumpkin Blossom – February 2nd

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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I’m getting geared up for growing season and because it’s so cold and wintry, I’m taking some time to go through some of our garden photos to get ideas. Today’s flower pic is a pumpkin blossom from our patch that also includes a bee doing its work. It was taken with my old phone and isn’t the greatest quality, but these blossoms are so huge and beautiful. It’s a wonderful sight to see first thing in the morning.

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Pumpkins are one of my favorite crops to grow and those that read my Lesson’s from Grandpa posts might remember that last year, we didn’t harvest scads of pumpkins, but we did discover a few surprises. You can see that post here…

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Flower Friday: Sunflowers – January 26th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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It’s near the end of January and although it’s fairly nice out today, winter isn’t over yet. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m ready for spring! I’m really looking forward to the upcoming growing season. I’ve been looking through some of my pictures of the gardens and found a few lovely sunflower pictures from our sunflower gardens to share. I thought I’d share a few today for Flower Friday.

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I love growing all different kinds of sunflowers. Many of these are aliens and have just cross pollinated over and over again. You never know what you’re going to get when saving the seed!

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These were taken with my phone and aren’t the greatest pictures, but you can see how well these grew. It’s like Christmas in July with all the blooms.

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I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a new season with new seed, a new camera, and a new attitude!

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Flower Friday: Surprise! January 19th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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It was such a surprise last week when our Christmas cactus decided to bloom. So, I decided  to share some pictures of it for Flower Friday today!

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My mom had this huge Christmas cactus at one point in time, but she had to find a home for it because she was moving and this plant was so huge! She saved a piece and we cloned it.

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As that one started to grow, my dogs were rough-housing one day and there went the cactus all over the floor in shambles. So again, we took a piece and cloned it. My mom worked on nursing it back to health and here it is today.

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There are multiple buds on it that will grow into the double bloom-like flowers you see above. It’s a small one now, but in time it will grow to be huge like its parent plant. Continue reading “Flower Friday: Surprise! January 19th”

Flower Friday: Nigra Hollyhock – January 5th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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A few years ago I obtained some Nigra Hollyhock seed online. I’d always wanted these majestic flowers in my garden, but never knew much about them. I was astonished with how easy they are to grow! I must have planted a dozen different colors, but my absolute favorite are Nigra. Here’s a picture of one below that I planted in front of my vegetable garden.

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The sun is shining so brightly that it makes the flower look like a darker plum, but they are black. Seeing this picture gets me excited for spring! The nice thing about hollyhocks is that you get a ton of seeds from one plant! Check out this stash hanging out in my fridge just raring to grow this spring.

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The only downside to these is that they’re biennials. In their first year, they put down roots and leaves. In their second year, they bloom, then they die. I usually start the seed in late February and get blooms the first year for a growing zone of 4-5, but you have to start early if you want blooms the first year. Some will come back and bloom in the second year, but it’s hit and miss. These are so simple to grow though, and you can have blooms every year if you save the seed. ❤

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Flower Friday: Christmas Cactus – December 8th

I learned about Flower Friday from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having fun sharing some flower pics! Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already.

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I thought I’d share this beautiful picture of a Christmas cactus bloom. I actually have one of these, but it hasn’t bloomed this year yet. It’s so exciting because they bloom in the winter around Christmas–hence the name “Christmas Cactus.” Here’s what they look like when in bloom.

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Scientific name: Schlumbergera
Higher classification: Rhipsalideae
Rank:Genus

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Flower Friday: Poinsettia for December 1st!

I learned about Flower Friday from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having fun sharing some flower pics! Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already.

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It’s December 1st! I thought I’d share a picture of beautiful poinsettia blooms for Christmas.

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It’s Christmas time!

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Flower Friday: October 20th – Rafflesia

I learned about Flower Friday from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks last month and have been having a lot of fun sharing some flower pics every Friday.

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This week, my friend Nel@Reactionaryales shared a post on the rafflesia flower. I thought I’d share a picture of it for Flower Friday today as it’s a very interesting one. You can see her post on the rafflesia HERE. You’ll find out where it grows and learn some interesting facts about the flower as well.

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Flower Friday: October 13th – Zinnia

I saw this beautiful blog post at Lorilin@bugbugbooks blog and thought I’d jump on board. It’s Flower Friday! Be sure to check out Lorilin’s flower pic for today. It’s so beautiful!

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I missed Flower Friday last week and didn’t realize it until the weekend. I’m back this week with a special picture of a zinnia we grew together from seed. My 7-year-old daughter took this picture with her tablet. I was quite amazed by it. It reminds me that kids can do some pretty constructive things with their tablets.

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Flower Friday – September 29th – Sedums

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I saw this beautiful blog post at Lorilin@bugbugbooks blog and thought I’d jump on board. It’s Flower Friday! Be sure to check out Lorilin’s flower pic for today. It’s so beautiful!


Today’s flower pic is of my sedums which went into full bloom a few weeks ago. The butterflies were all over them and I couldn’t resist taking some pictures.

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Lesson’s From Grandpa #6 – There’s Always Something…

When I was little, my grandfather would always tell us kids to be thankful for everything because this is what the Scripture tells us. I couldn’t tell you how many times he read the Bible, but often he would quote Scripture and use examples. We were constantly reminded to count our blessings.

 

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Me and Grandpa – November 22nd, 1979

 

Every now and then, my mind goes into another direction. It’s true that I’ve suffered anxiety and depression in my life and sometimes I have a hard time pulling myself out of it and I start to think about the glass being half empty, rather than half full. I always try to stop and reflect on what my grandfather always taught us.

Fall is such a wonderful time of year and usually by now, we are harvesting pumpkins from our patch to sell or gift to family and friends, canning tomatoes, and making our last minute jams for the winter cupboards. Typically, spring is full of growing and lots of hard work. Here’s a picture of our greenhouse from Spring 2016.

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Except this year is very different, I decided to downsize my gardens and we only grew a few pumpkins for ourselves. I cut back on tomatoes and didn’t grow much from seed this year.

As I was walking around outside by the gardens, I was looking at all the weeds and thought to myself how lazy I’ve been this summer. I started feeling pretty sorry, but this summer, I wanted to spend more time with my kids, read, and relax, and so I did. I didn’t keep up with everything like I normally would and we did have fewer yields because of it, but as I looked around, I saw so many beautiful things. Just look at this hibiscus flower which comes back every year.

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These flowers are huge even surrounded by weeds!

I also realized just a few weeks ago that we won’t meet our quota for the canned tomatoes required to get us through until next year. Normally, I put up about 125 quarts or more of stewed tomatoes for chili, spaghetti, and soup over the winter. With what I’ve canned so far and with what’s left to still harvest, we will probably get about 40 quarts of tomatoes.

 

 

Then, one of our friends that my husband works with decided that he and his wife didn’t want to can this year. He told my husband to come over and take whatever we wanted. We received three more five-gallon buckets of tomatoes for canning including some beautiful green peppers to mix in.

And there’s plenty more where that came from. We will meet the quota after all. Not only did they give us tons of tomatoes, but also 4+ buckets full of apples for canning. It’s truly amazing…

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I didn’t plant sunflowers this year, but there were some beautiful volunteers which will leave plenty of seeds for next year.

Our peppers were fairly small and we didn’t get as many as usual,

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But we have some great spaghetti and winter squash.

I couldn’t help but pause to look at the sky either. Fall is here…

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The sedums are in full bloom…

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There’s so much beauty if you just stop to take the time to look.

Then, this morning the most amazing thing happened! We were out in our woods looking for one of our cats that’s been missing for a few days. We noticed this huge pumpkin vine growing way out in the back of our woods where we used to have our compost pile. All of our pumpkins from previous years would get dumped here. A seed decided to grow and the vine is growing all over and up into the trees.

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Award: One Lovely Blog Award

 

I was recently nominated by Jo-Ann@InspirationPie.com for the One Lovely Blog Award. I especially enjoy reading Jo-Ann’s Daily Walk posts and all of her tags and awards! Please check out her blog if you haven’t done so already. Thanks for nominating me, Jo-Ann! You’re such a sweet person and I’m glad to know you!

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RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

Seven Facts about me:

1. I love to bake!

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2. I’m obsessed with growing pumpkins-

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Including giant ones!

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3. I love drinking plants.

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4. I love growing my own food.

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5. My favorite color is purple!

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6. I enjoy canning.

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7. I LOVE Halloween and decorating is a must!

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Award: The Versatile Blogger Award

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I was very excited to be nominated a few days ago @ caterpillars2butterfliesblog for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do. There are so many feel-good, inspirational posts here and I look forward to reading them daily! Great advice. Thank you for nominating me!

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RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.


-7 Things About Me-

1. I can play a handful of instruments including: Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Lap harp and a few others.

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2. I’m very interested in people who have experienced NDE’s or Near Death Experiences. I used to spend quite a bit of time reading and studying them.

3.  We just had 13 kittens in April. Most have gone to homes. We have 5 left. Out of these 3 you see here, we have Ash left. Can you guess which one he is? Back left. His attitude fits his look. Every one of these kittens has a different personality.  I’ll post more about them later.

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4. Despite striving for a healthy lifestyle, I’ve actually struggled with food addiction since I was about 15 and continue to battle with it. I ❤ food, especially homemade baked goods like these cupcakes I made recently, or this organic Amish bread I make often. It literally melts in your mouth. Recipes to come soon.

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5. I have two border collies, Cynder & Winston. You may have read about them here on my blog. I love them very much.

 

 

6. I have an extreme joy for gardening and love growing pumpkins, including giant pumpkins for the Halloween season. Halloween is my favorite time of year. I’m super excited that fall is on the way.

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7. I can’t wait for the next season of Poldark in October! I’ve read the whole saga and loved the books. More Aiden Turner please. 🙂


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